The Scottish Government shouldn’t rule out ramping up domestic oil and gas production, according to an Aberdeen University expert.
Professor John Underhill insisted the SNP can’t just rely on renewables alone during winter when the cold weather kicks in.
Nicola Sturgeon’s party has committed to moving the country away from reliance on fossil fuels.
Prof Underhill said the ongoing energy crisis showed Scotland is still hugely dependent on oil and gas to keep the lights on.
Heating bills are set to soar to unprecedented levels as families fear they could be plunged into poverty.
Many households are already struggling to make ends meet due to inflation reaching record levels.
A Bloomberg report earlier this week warned Britain could face organised blackouts in a worst-case scenario this winter.
It drew comparisons to the 1970s when the UK temporarily had a three-day working week while there was a shortage of coal.
While Prof Underhill reckons the UK will avoid this worst-case scenario, he admitted it will be a “challenging winter”.
He said: “When the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine, we can’t rely on renewables to make up the difference.
“That’s when we rely on gas. On those cold, windless and grey days, that’s when the challenge will kick in.”